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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition first Printing edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399172920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399172922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Havana Storm
 
“Dirk Pitt is still going strong.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
 
“Dirk Pitt is oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones. Exotic locations, ruthless villains, and many narrow escapes—Cussler’s fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.”—Associated Press

 

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of dozens of New York Times bestsellers, most recently Ghost Ship and The Eye of Heaven. He lives in Arizona.
 
Dirk Cussler is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of five Dirk Pittâ adventures, most recently Poseidon’s Arrow. He lives in Arizona.

More About the Author

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.
In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.
In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.
Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

Customer Reviews

Fast paced read with lots of action and a great story line.
sherry smith
The plot was rediculous as there was little reasons for the actions of the characters.
JTF
It is a fun book to read and once you start hard to put down.
Elizabeth A. Wilson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Evan Montgomery on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The latest installment in the Dirk Pitt series, "Havana Storm", once again involves the characters that have become as familiar as a comfortable pair of shoes. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino are in the Caribbean investigating toxic waters. Meanwhile, Dirk's children, Dirk Jr and Summer, are searching for lost treasure. Dirk becomes embroiled in a Cuban political power struggle, while his children are looking for an ancient Aztec stone which will lead them to a large Aztec treasure. The stone is supposedly located in Havana, which brings them to Cuba as well.

Over the past several years it has become patently obvious that Clive Cussler no longer writes the majority of his books. Every book is co-authored, some with more degree of success than others. I suspect that Clive Cussler outlines the general plot and leaves the actual writing to his co-authors. Unfortunately, of all of the various Cussler series' co-authors, it is patently obvious that Dirk Cussler is far and away the worst of the lot. His writing has improved slightly from his earlier efforts, but not by much. The plot is mildly interesting but it lacks the panache that Dirk Pitt deserves and has historically enjoyed.

If you're looking for a classic Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt novel, you won't find it in this book. In Dirk Cussler's hands, this series has sadly become a shell of its former glorious self.

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Gorman on October 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have read over 90% of Clive Cussler's books and have found most of them rather entertaining.
I was lucky enough to check this one out at the library, because in the end I was not very impressed with the story. Seems Cussler wanted to cash in again on the "archeological find" craze, but with Dirk Pitt and family instead of his Fargo team. I didn't think it worked out very well. The result was half of a Dirk Pitt-type story and half of a Fargo-type story and that didn't carry the day for me.
The Dirk Pitt plot ended up being very simple in nature and was handled with little depth. The "find" plot was very unoriginal. Yet the book logged in at over 440 pages.
Yes, there is a lot of action, but in this case I felt the book was tiring in spots. There is the usual escape after escape theme that has been present in most of Cussler's books. But how many of these can he make interesting or thrilling in the same story? I found myself skimming over the later ones, just to get to the finish. It was not a tight, quick read like his earlier books.
I know it sounds contradictory to say the story had lots of action but was also somewhat uninteresting but that describes how I felt after reading it.
If you simply HAVE to read each and every Dirk Pitt book when it first comes out, try to get this one at a low price, because there is absolutely NOTHING new here. If you have a lot of other stuff to read, don't rush to get this one. Pick it up in a year or so at a greatly reduced price (for the printed book) because you really aren't missing anything.
If you are new to Cussler, DON'T make this your first one. Go back to his earlier works to get a good appreciation of how accomplished an author Clive is (was) .
Comments on this review (for or against) are welcomed...lots of different perspectives out there.
Jim
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Bonanni on October 31, 2014
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Havana Storm brings back the old Dirk Pitt. Everything about this book pays homage to the original Pitt stories--action, adventure, science, and one man against incredible odds. I enjoyed this book even more than my previous favorite coauthored Pitt book, Treasure of Khan. Whereas Poseidon's Arrow (2012) was an enjoyable book, but with several flaws, Havana Storm is perfect in almost every way--like Captain America 2 versus the original Captain America movie.

The plot is a typical Cussler plot, but it is pulled off with style and skill. The main plot features Pitt Sr. facing off against a plot by Cuba to mine uranium from hypo-thermal vents, which has the unfortunate side effect of releasing massive amounts of toxic mercury into U.S. waters. At the same time, Pitt must resolve a power struggle in Cuba involving the Castros and the Cuban Army. When Raul Castro is assassinated by mercenaries hired by a Canadian mining magnate connected with the head of the Cuban Army, General Gutier, Pitt is framed for the killing but escapes. On the run from the Cuban Army, Pitt must prove his innocence and at the same time stop the uranium mining.

While all of these high-tech spy games are going on, Pitt Jr. and his sister Summer are investigating a mysterious Aztec stone, which is linked to an amazing treasure, the sinking of the battleship Maine, and the cause of the American-Spanish war. With able help from Hiram Yaeger and St. Julian Perlmutter, the Pitt kids are able to solve the mystery and find the treasure.

There are some notable highlights in this book. There is mention made of the Oregon, which amps up the excitement for the next Oregon Files book coming out in May. Clive Cussler makes a very Alfred Hitchcock-like cameo as a bar owner in Mexico.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Da Rold on November 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Like the old tv commercial that asked “Where’s the beef?,” I have to ask, “Where’s the storm?” A minor point, I agree, but given that there is no storm in the entire novel, it’s an indication that this novel is not as focused as it could be. Set in 2016, following the death of Fidel Castro, the story is about the search for two halves of an Aztec artifact. The links to the sinking of the Maine and background on the Spanish-American War are not really necessary and could have tightened up this 450 page novel. Having just read Cussler’s very exciting Ghost Ship and Zero Hour. I found this to be very average. I usually enjoy Cussler’s undersea adventures, but there was too much detail about equipment and armaments. Since I do not read all of Cussler’s series, I finished this book thinking that Cussler’s co-authors have different levels of writing talent.
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